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6 Questions Every Critical Thinker Should Ask

6 Questions Every Critical Thinker Should Ask | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
In an earlier post here in  Educational Technology and Mobile Learning  I talked about the  8 elements of the critical thinking proces
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At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions

At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
If your child has executive functioning issues, you may hear about mental processes and skills. Learn the details of executive skills, like working memory.
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Executive functions are complex and are often not yet mastered by young children and individuals with particular learning disabilities. It's important for teachers and parents to understand executive functions in order to better understand behaviour and learning in children and adolescents.

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5 Epiphanies for Reaching the Unreachable Learner

5 Epiphanies for Reaching the Unreachable Learner | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
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"I simply represent every adult that has ever failed him in the past. His frustrations are simply a manifestation of everything he cannot control." I love this blog post...it sums up all the big rules-of-thumb when working with very difficult students, and reminds us of the ultimate rule...don't take it personally!

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Echolalia: That's What She Said

Echolalia: That's What She Said | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
When my daughter Jess was a toddler, we had a set of board books about the Disney Babies, which were the "baby" versions of Mickey, Minnie and Donald. Jess loved these books. For months, every nigh...
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A very interesting article on echolalia written by someone diagnosed with Asperger's. It gives a great overview of the types and purposes of echolalia.

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Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions

Hypos: Real Engagement With Unreal Questions | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Use hypothetical scenarios to help engage your students, efficiently apply knowledge, provide problem-solving exercises, build conflict-resolution skills, and reinforce study habits.
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Have been running lots of professional learning lately on questioning for learning. So in light of the discussions I have had with teachers on this topic, here is an interesting article on using hypothetical questions in classrooms.

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Autism, Visual Schedules and Prompting

Autism, Visual Schedules and Prompting | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Many autistic students, who have difficulty transitioning from one activity to another, benefit from using a visual schedule in the same interactive way for eac
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Effective visual schedules and prompts are somewhat of an art-form, so here are some useful tips...

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4 Ways to Deal with Your Adult-Thinking Gifted Child

4 Ways to Deal with Your Adult-Thinking Gifted Child | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard of child-like adults, adults who have the heart and spirit of children. Gifted kids are the opposite; they are adult-like children, who often seem to think and act like adults. More importantly, they sometimes feel like adults. This feeling can lead to frustration for both the gifted child and the adults around them.
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For the parents I've been chatting to recently about the very familiar scenario of your gifted child negotiating like a lawyer one minute and the next having a tantrum on the floor!

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The Difference Between Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia

The Difference Between Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it

Very helpfulDyspraxia and dysgraphia can both affect writing and fine motor skills, but they're different learning issues. Use this chart to compare signs of dyspraxia and dysgraphia.

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Very helpful!

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Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions | Edutopia

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions | Edutopia | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
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"A teacher should also start teaching how to ask questions, because good questions lead the inquiry."

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Education Week

Education Week | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
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A great read as we start a new term! 

"Let's look at what happens when teachers, or parents, claim a growth mindset, but don't follow through...How can we help educators adopt a deeper, true growth mindset, one that will show in their classroom practices?"

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How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
It can be overwhelming, frightening and even discouraging to try and shift the culture of your classroom, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken.
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Some interesting tips from a first-hand perspective.

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Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics

Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Whether you're new to rubrics, or you've used them for years without knowing their formal names, it may be time for a primer on rubric terminology. [...]
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Not sure what a rubric is or the different styles you can use?  Check out this article to read about some variations. 

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools

Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
By locating the right tool and building data collection into your routine, you can easily have the formative assessment data you need for responding to student understanding.
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For all the teachers who are planning their formative assessment for the new school year...

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

Education Research Highlights From 2015 | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.
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Hello 2016! Let's make sure we take what we've learned from 2015 and make this year even better for all our students!

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Understanding Language Disorders

Understanding Language Disorders | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Understand and learn about language disorders in children. Browse other articles on expressive and receptive communication disorders on Understood.org.
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An interesting overview

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Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck's work has made growth mindset a hotly discussed topic in education. It has also spawned misunderstandings about growth mindset and what it means in education.
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Worth a read as a reminder of some of the key aspects of the theory of growth mindset that have gotten lost along the way!

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

When Grading Harms Student Learning | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear.
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Have been talking with secondary teachers lately about the emphasis on marks and grades rather than student learning. No easy way to have this conversation, or resolve this issue in a grade-driven environment, but it is an interesting one nonetheless!

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This a great resource for educators. It is written for a USA audience so not all references to colleges etc are relevant, but a great resource nonetheless! "Because twice exceptional students are apt to be misunderstood, resulting in students who remain underidentified and, consequently, under-served, it is an acute necessity for professionals to be aware of the unique needs of these students."(Belin-Blank Centre)

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School refusal

School refusal | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
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Persistent school refusal is such a tricky issue to manage from both the parent and school perspective. It takes a persistent effort over time and this article is for those schools who have been asking me for advice on this issue during the last few weeks. Be sure to seek professional counseling for the student if school refusal persists.

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How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn
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"Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. There is no indication of what was done that was successful, and no information about how to replicate this success in future projects." Justin Chando

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HSC 2015: Gifted girls suffer the most stress, study finds | smh.com.au

HSC 2015: Gifted girls suffer the most stress, study finds | smh.com.au | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
With the HSC starting on Monday, academics have warned that the high-stakes tests are "by far the most stressful experience" teenagers face.
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3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning | Edutopia

3 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning | Edutopia | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
With interactive tools like Kahoot!, Formative, and Padlet, teachers can engage their classes while assessing what students already know and still need to learn.
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"Formative assessment is vital to teachers in any classroom environment."  This article looks at three tech apps that are great to use in the classroom...Kahoot, Formative, and Padlet.

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.
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An article with some easy suggestions for how to differentiate in the diverse classroom.

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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Educating Diverse Learners | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
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So important to find ways to ensure all children are challenged and encouraged to value persistence, grit, thinking etc.

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